for many years i have prepared this type of hot sandwich in the oven. it is very easy to prepare and can be made for a large number of people very quickly. these sandwiches are great with a side salad, soup or even just chips. hot deli sandwiches have been served for a variety of occasions. these sandwiches can be made with any deli meat, including turkey, ham, pastrami, salami, bacon, or a combination of any preferred deli meats.
i use a softer french bread loaf, deli meat, swiss cheese slices, sliced thin red onion, shredded lettuce, and a mix of other toppings. usually, i assemble the sandwich with the basic toppings, and then after cooking i add dill pickle slices, sliced black and green olives, and condiments as desired.
to make the sandwich: slice a loaf of French bread down the middle horizontally. separate and make the sandwich, using the deli meat and cheeses of choice. next, add shredded red onion, and shredded lettuce. put the top back on the sandwich and cover with Reynolds wrap. place on a baking sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the cheese is melted in a 350 degree pre-heated oven.
when the cheese is melted and the sandwich is heated, press down on the top of the sandwich to compress the French bread loaf. i also add the additional ingredients as desired. slice into two-inch segments and serve.